Sometimes the best shots come from the worst conditions. I had spent the day at Crater Lake National Park in California. The day had started clear, but the whole State had fires burning rampant that had left the skies covered in a thick smoke. My intention had been to get a sunset shot over the rim of the crater from one of the peaks. However, the smoke had other plans and covered the crater blocking any views across the lake. My intentions changed rapidly when I looked west and saw there was a sliver of a gap below the smoke. Conditions any landscape photographer will recognise as a sunset in the making.
I continued with the sunset hike I had planed, but spent the whole time looking back over my shoulder hunting for a good composition to frame what was shaping up to be a sunset for the ages.
You can have the most amazing sunset, but without a quality foreground the depth of the image is left lacking. I neared the top of the rim and found an opening that framed the plains below. Set up the camera and waited. What I saw could only be described as apocalyptic. Rays of light burst down through the gap on the horizon, while the sun back-lit the smoke, creating the appearance of a sky on fire. It left me wondering if this is how it all ends.